May Featured MCA Member: 33 By Hand

When we choose our craft, we often pull from multiple areas of our interests and experiences and bring them with us into our work. We start in one field, learn skills to add to our toolboxes, then move on towards our dreams, goals, and aspirations with new efficiency and aptitude. We borrow from points of interest and practices taken in throughout our lives, and find ways to incorporate them into our creative flow. When James McLaughlin founded 33 By Hand in 2015, he had already gathered inspiration on the music scene from Boston to Los Angeles and Vancouver producing music, and by spending 20+ years as a DJ.

In his Portland studio, James handcrafts timeless and original pieces made from leather and canvas. His pieces, described as durable and style-forward travel goods and accessories, are undoubtedly inspired by the vivid visual arts scene incorporated in the world of music performance. Simple with an edge, his made-to-order handiwork is suitable for any occasion, for business or leisure.

James has used the benefits of his Maine Crafts Association membership to the fullest, participating in the New England Made Mentor Booth Program for the 2019 trade show in Portland. For the 2019 show season, his work will be available at the Portland Fine Craft Show, and Picnic in Portland, Maine, as well as SOWA and Greenway in Boston, MA.

When James isn’t studiously creating his own line of products, he holds a full time position in research, design and development for Biddeford based Hyperlite Mountain Gear. He is currently working with his fellow MCA members at Angelrox, collaborating to showcase 33 By Hand products that seamlessly flow with the Angelrox look.

With energy, vision, self-advocacy, and determination, James has put his timeless, heirloom quality 33 By Hand totes and accessories in the hands of stockists and galleries throughout Maine, New England, and beyond; as well as on the arms of many fashion-forward craft enthusiasts.

To learn more about 33 By Hand, visit the company’s website, Facebook, and Instagram.

Select 33 By Hand pieces are for sale at MCA’s Maine Craft Portland retail gallery.

To learn more about the New England Made Mentor Booth and other opportunities from the MCA, click here